IUSM Mentorship

It's free!

Mentors have been really important in our lives and this is one way that we want to pay it forward.

It's personalized

We recognize that everyone has their own unique needs. Choose the track that best suits you, or create your own.

It's a community

Not network. We care about who you are, not who you know. Let's build something awesome together :)

Home Away From Home

"Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other." Romans 12:10

We treat each other like family and strive to be a "home away from home" for international students. This includes meeting in one another's homes, playing games, studying, exploring new places together, and being able to be fully known and loved in all of our goofiness and seriousness.

The Bible

"God's word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey." Psalm 119:105

Have you ever had questions like: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going when I die? What is truly valuable in life? In addition to providing answers to some of life's biggest questions, we discuss how the bible relates to our own life to help us have a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.


"A sweet friendship refreshes the soul" Prov 27:9 ; " If one person falls, the other can reach out and help." Ecc 4:10a

We've experienced how a good group of friends can make a big difference while going through the ups and downs of college life! We hope to create a space where authentic, lifelong friendships can be developed among students from all nations and walks of life!

Alumni Network

"Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." Proverbs 15:22

Our extensive network of Cal alumni volunteers are currently working professionals in various disciplines. We hope to provide support and guidance to students academically, professionally, and spiritually as they navigate life at UC Berkeley and beyond.

Love & Care

"We love because God first loved us." 1 John 4:19  ; "Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14

Our goal is to be a source of strength to the international student community, and to help one another grow into people who can have genuine love and care for others and the world around us.



IUSM began in 2003 when a group of UC Berkeley alumni started a campus group called IGSM to support international graduate students. A few years later, we decided to form a campus group dedicated to supporting international undergraduate students. Today there are 9 IUSM chapters and counting at universities across the United States!


At IUSM, we believe that God has made human beings with multi-dimensional qualities. Each of us has intellectual, emotional, relational, and spiritual capacity and needs that can be shaped and developed in order to handle life’s challenges and difficulties. Proverbs 15:22 says “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” As mentors we are passionate about giving international college students mentorship to become well-rounded, mature individuals in each of these areas to help raise up leaders for the next generation.

How does [IUSM Mentorship] work?

What mentorship tracks do we offer?

Major Exploration

Learn about different majors and class recommendations. Explore what dreams and passions to pursue in these 4 precious years of college!

Industry Equipping

Match with Cal alumni professionals to guide and advance your career development

Graduate School 101

Get insider knowledge on applications, research, and labs from alumni who’ve survived it

Personal Discovery & Development

Learn about leadership, social intelligence, personality, and more to elevate yourself

Life Tools & Hacks

Get tips on apps, gadgets, and life skills to prepare for adulting

So what exactly does IUSM do?

Glad you asked! Since a picture tells a thousand words, check out our gallery of photos and videos that we've hand-picked to show you, and if you'd like, you can get to know some of our members are like through a fun and interactive quiz!